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Waiting for Morning

(Forever Faithful #1)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  5,897 ratings  ·  246 reviews
“I’m afraid there’s been a car accident...”

As Hannah Ryan waits for her family to return home from a camping trip, she realizes she has everything going for her—a husband other women admire, two charming teenage daughters, and a loving Christian home. As the sunny afternoon turns into twilight, her uneasiness grows along with the shadows. Then a car pulls into Hanna
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 5th 2002 by Multnomah (first published July 28th 1999)
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Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
Wait for Morning is the first book in the Forever Faithful series by Karen Kingsbury. I would classify Karen’s writing as being the Christian version of Jodi Picoult. She can convey through her writing stories ripped from the headlines well. This book tackles the topic of drunk driving and how it impacts those around us.
Hannah is waiting for her husband Tom to come back from camping trip with their two daughters Jenny and Alicia. As their arrival becomes, later and later she begins to
Nov 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
This story was a hard one to read because it was very sad. I could understand the desire to be angry with God when you've lost your family to a drunk driver. The main character really asks those hard questions - why would a loving God let this happen to her family? At the same time, I felt that the main character was hard to like because of the way she selfishly neglects her one surviving daughter in her quest for vengeance, and also hard to sympathize with completely because her reasoning for b ...more
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
A mother waits for her family’s return from a trip. A young man loses his job and his hope for the future. Then cars and lives are turned upside-down, tangled and destroyed in Karen Kingsbury’s Waiting for Morning. Survivor’s guilt looms large. Unforgivable sins meets a strong woman’s fury. And the kindly-meant prayers of strangers and friends really don’t seem to change the world. Not at the point where anger meets God’s betrayal.

We often ask why God allows bad things to happen to g
Mar 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
Caution: Spoiler Alert.

There are so many fans of Karen Kingsbury that I feel as though I may be standing in front of a firing squad as I offer my review. I will also say that this is the first and only book I have ever read by her. And after this one, I doubt I will read others.

Okay, so I didn't like Waiting for Morning. Character development of the protagonist/antagonist (the mother, Hanna) was capricious and unbelievable. Hanna came off as grating, shrill, and wholly irritating, r
Amanda Tero
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"I think that's why God's so good to me," Hannah had smiled pleasantly. "He knows I'm not good at forgiving."

That was Hannah's childhood thought. Little did she know that the biggest trial of her life would occur when she was happily married with two daughters in their teens. Little did she know that the forgiveness she had briefly mentioned as a child, the anger she struggled with then, would blindside her in full force.

I finished this book with a "wow." I admire Karen Kingsbury f
Kirsten R.
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I literally just finished Waiting for Morning by Karen Kingsbury. It is one of the best books I have ever read and life changing. It is also my favorite Karen Kingsbury books I have read.
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Waiting for Morning review
by author, Karen Kingsbury

I've done it myself.....when someone I love has been late arriving home, I've gone over and over it in my head. I have imagined them being killed, in a car accident, kidnapped, injured, and yet, never ever really thinking it will happen. Hannah experiences it when Tom takes the two girls for their annual camping trip before they must head back to school. They are late arriving home and Hannah begins to worry.
In the meantime, a man Hannah has never met h
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was hard for me to read. It's harder for me to handle the idea of suicide and getting a look at someone's mental state who is considering it. Aside from that, this book officially made me respect Kingsbury as an author. The idea that Christians don't always respond to tragedy in a Christ-like way and sometimes forego God altogether is not one that's typically talked about. I give her credit for approaching the subject; she not only approached it, she created a fantastic story out of it ...more
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This book made me experience so many emotions but none of them were positive. It started with sadness, and then the frustration took over, mixed with a good dose of anger. The story is about Hannah, who’s life is completely changed in a day. Hannah, understandably, is devastated, and goes through all of the stages of grief. My issue with this book was with Hannah, as she was blind to some of the serious issues in front of her because of her obsession with getting justice and what seemed like rev ...more
May 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I am not religious all that much, but I like some of Karen Kingsbury's novels and reading them makes me feel good. This novel, Waiting for morning, was no different. The whole story was emotional and it give you insight about how religious Christian can really lose you faith when a tragedy takes place. I realized that it takes a long time for a trail and preparing a trail, especially one that is close to your heart, takes time and really preoccupied the clients, victims and everyone involved, I ...more
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Kingsbury is a Christian gifted fiction writer that appeals to anyone - christian or not. her style is contemporary and she addresses tough issues. in this one, she interweaves the story of a family torn apart from the effects of a drunk driving accident with a verse in each chapter from the book of walk with the widowed wife and mother as she travels the road from denial to a lengthy period of anger and bitterness to finally come to the only source of peace - a reconciliation ...more
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
I must admit I liked reading this book, although it was extremely predictable. Considering the hard topic of the book I do think Kingsbury did a good job on covering all the emotions such an accident causes. She did such a good job on this, that halfway through the book I almost wanted to stop reading, as I was so annoyed with Hannah's attitude.

In conclusion: I'd like to say that the book was confronting for anyone who has ever been in a event like this. It makes you reflect on how you handled
Sep 15, 2008 marked it as to-read
If you know me you know that I believe in God and that I dont have to attend church (where from my personal experience people tend to just stare and watch you and wonder should you actually be there) just to be close to him. After reading this book and seeing how God does work in mysterious ways I feel like I understand why He chooses to do what He does. And I personally feel much closer to Him. I hope you all see and understand and learn the things I personally learned.
Melissa Finizio
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. I cried alot and needed a bunch of tissues. this book really pulls at the heartstrings. The book is about a women who loses her faith in God after her husband and daugher are killed in a car accident.
Megan S
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've read this book a while ago and forgot to rate it! Karen Kingsbury is one of the best Christian authors out there! She really knows how to write good stories especially when all hope seems lost. Excited to read more of her novels!
Missy Kruger
I had to write a review for school so I thought I might share. I however loved this book! I love Karen Kingsbury as a writer though...
In 'Waiting For Morning' a novel written by Karen Kingsbury empathy is one of the biggest themes for a reader. We see how a mother and daughter journey through the process of grief and how their circumstance causes a reader to have empathy for the characters. This book also makes a reader think about how many families are affected by drunk drivers and as a r
Dawn Huffines medley
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Because this book here not only shows that even people who are bound by great faith in God are impacted by tragedy. It shows that when we are struck by tragedy that sometimes we need help from others to work through are anger. It shows that God is not only merciful to those who have lived for him, those who turned their backs on them in their darkest moments. But those who do something they didn't set out to do. It also shows that forgiveness is in important. We must forgive people who have wron ...more
Jennifer Brown-Flavin
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Karen Kingsbury pulls at the heartstrings and leaves your emotions raw in "Waiting For Morning". I started this book late yesterday afternoon and had to finish it today.

This book really spoke to me because I work in DUI probation & have seen first hand how alcoholism can tear lives apart. Karen Kingsbury did a great job writing this story and portraying the characters.

Definitely read this book. With tissues nearby.
A drunk driver. A deadly accident. Two families de
Heather Shembarger
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book will tug at your heartstrings while brining to light the real emotions and anger even a Christian may struggle with when dealing with the topic of death. The main character loses her husband and a daughter in a car accident. She is left to deal with their loss while trying to still be a good mom to her one surviving daughter. The grief and anger is compounded because the deaths came as a result of a drunk driver. The author, Kingsbury, apparently did extensive research and interviews w ...more
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
While I admit the book had cheesy and predictable parts to it, I did enjoy the overall message that Kingsbury was trying to convey. I think it's a very relatable story (loved ones being killed by a drunk driver, and the subsequent effects from it), as well as the reaction to it when you are a person of faith. I've often found myself thinking, "I don't know what I would do if 'xyz' happened to me", and I fear my reaction might look like Hannah's. Another reviewer commented that they didn't much c ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting book. It deals with love and forgiveness. How others help us in times when our lives are turned upside down. The Mom formed bonds with the lawyer and others along the way. It shows how we can have everything going for us and lose it all so quickly. It shows how the Mom became so obsessed in her loss she couldn't even see the needs of her surviving daughter. It would be a hard thing to go through losing your husband and child because a drunk driver accidentally killed them. It was so ...more
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was very good and surprisingly honest about the consequences losing a family member can have on the people left behind. I loved the fact that Karen Kingsbury wasn't afraid to have her characters struggle with God and even hate him at times. The only reason this book wasn't five stars for me personally was that the ending seemed too happy, too quickly. Perhaps I'm a little Pyrrhic in my victories, but I would have loved the remaining daughter to die and for the mother to realize just ho ...more
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hannah Ryan is your everyday mom. She loves life and her family and would do anything for them. But when a car accident takes the life of her husband as well as her oldest daughter, Hannah doesn't have time to be in shock or even to grieve. The one thing she has on her mind is revenge. Revenge on the drunk driver that killed her family. With revenge growing so strongly within her, she hardly notices her youngest daughter and surviving victim, Jenny, who unlike her mother, would rather forget the ...more
Dona R. Gant
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No greater loss.....

This story was riveting and I had to finish it once I started it. Hannah’s reactions were very real and believable. As a Christian and a mother, it is not difficult to imagine her reactions to the loss of her family and her happy life. Her loss of faith was also believable as we are all likely to have doubts from time to time when tragedy befalls us or one we love. Excellent weaving of God’s words in appropriate parts of the story. As believers, we have all heard that still s
Sharon Rudolph
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book

I am never disappointed by any of Karen's books, and this one did not disappoint either. What a terrible tragedy this family went through, but how gracious our God is to forgive and love us when we need it the most. What a great story, showing that life is not always easy, but God will help us through the tough times. The characters and their storyline were so real, you could feel their sorrow.
Apr 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Carolyn Wylie-mcelroy

I haven't ever read a Karen Kingsbury book that didn't touch my heart and soul!! This book is no different!! The book opens with Hannah waiting for her husband and two daughters to return from a camping trip and she's getting worried!! Unfortunately, the police show up instead of the family and she has so much to deal with!!! Follow her in her pain and and anger and how she deals with it. You won't be sorry!!!! C:o)
Maria Del
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What an awesome concept! This book has been both troubling and a blessing. Troubling in helping us to understand where we live: in a fallen world with lots of pain and suffering but a blessing in reminding us in whom we have believed: an awesome and faithful God! Great is thy faithfulness, oh God!
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book about learning to forgive in the midst of life's tragedies. This author has a knack for making the characters' responses to events seem logical, even when the response isn't what I think I would do. She brings biblical truth into the situation, allows her character to wrestle with real life, and always brings us full circle to "true winning" through obedience to God's word.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
This story touched me in so many ways. Having lost someone I love in a car accident I was in, I related to the characters. The story had me crying, feeling hope and recognizing I needed to tell someone that I forgave them. I had shown them by my actions but never said the words.

When a book helps you realize something you could be doing better, it is a great book.
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Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development with Hallmark Films and as major motion pictures. Her Baxter Family books are being developed into a TV series slated f ...more

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“Our citizenship is in heaven. … The words were a physical comfort to Hannah as one after another Scriptures filled her mind. She was only passing through, a foreigner in a strange land. Like all who followed Christ, whether she walked this planet eight years or eighty, it was only a journey. She wouldn’t ever really be home until she reached heaven’s doorsteps.” 2 likes
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